Technology produced on the Isle of Wight to help clean up the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is featured in a major new documentary commemorating the tenth anniversary of the disaster.
The Hot Spot Locator (HSL) developed by Shanklin-based Innovative Physics has been used to detect and grade contamination since the disaster caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The incident triggered the most severe nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.
The award-wining device is highly sensitive, portable, quick, and accurate meaning radioactivity can be detected, identified, and removed quickly and safely. It uses a conventional video camera and a radiation detector for the detection of gamma rays, which together enable end users to visualise radiation contamination on-screen.
It continues to play a key role in the decontamination operation in Fukushima and has led to subsequent orders throughout the world.
Innovative Physics as well as the HSL is namechecked in the documentary which aired on the Japanese state broadcasting channel NHK to an audience of over 1 million people.
Innovative Physics Chief Executive Mike Anderson said:
“We’re delighted that this film will give us further recognition in Japan and showcase the capabilities of our products. We hope this will lead to even more enquiries and sales of our Hot Spot Locator and more business opportunities particularly as nuclear reactors are decommissioned.
“It is a great profile for us as a company and also for the Isle of Wight.”
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